Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple located at Palakollu of West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as Ksheerarama, which is one among the famous Pancharama Kshetras. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva in the form of Sivalinga. Lord Shiva is in this temple is known as Sri Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy. The Sivalinga was established by Lord Vishnu.
The Moola Virat can be seen from the windows of the Garbha Gruha on all four sides. The Shivlinga is a unique milky white in colour and the tallest. The tower of the temple is one among the tallest temples in Andhra Pradesh. The height of the temple is 120ft and 9 floors. This temple was constructed during the reign of Chalukya Bhima of Chalukya dynasty in the 9th century. The Prakara is designed by Sri Velupathi during the 10th century. The art of temple construction resembles those constructed during Chalukya period. Gopuram is constructed by Sri Alladu Reddy during 14th Century. During the 17th century, Kalyana mantapam and Ashtha Bhuja Lakshmi Narayanaswamy always have been constructed. There are 72 pillars made of black stone in the temple mandapa.
The white marble Shivalingam worshipped in the sanctum is referred to as Ramalingeswara Swami as well as Ksheeraraameswaraswamy. Built during the 10th-llth centuries A.D. by the Chalukyas, it represents the south Indian style and has a 9-storey gopuram that soars 125 feet, one of the tallest in Andhra Pradesh. Colourful images and sculptures of various deities are engraved on the walls and can also be seen inside the temple complex. 20 Kms from Palakollu is the Natta Rameshwaram temple, where the Lingam is made of shells & conchs is worth a visit.
Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple Palakollu
It is believed that staying one day in Ksheerarama is equivalent to staying one year in Varanasi. Additional places of interest around Palakollu include Bhimavaram, Draksharama, Annavaram, Thalupulamma Thalli, Rajahmundry, Antarvedi, Ryali and Vadapalli. In the temple premises facilities are available for tourists to stay. Photography is allowed inside the temple premises but not for Garbha gruham. Very good South Indian food is available in the town. The Gostani River flows through Palakollu and there is a Sangam (confluence) near Narsapur with the Godavari River. From here the river empties into the sea at Antarvedi.